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Landon boys narrowly defeat archrival G. Prep in LAX, 6-5

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Landon’s Joey Epstein (1) makes his move to intercept Georgetown Prep’s Jake Giulieri (8) who’s on his way to his fourth goal of the game.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK Landon’s Joey Epstein (1) makes his move to intercept Georgetown Prep’s Jake Giulieri (8) who’s on his way to his fourth goal of the game. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  NORTH BETHESDA — The visiting Landon Bears met the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas on the gridiron Friday in the latest installment of the area’s top boys lacrosse rivalry.

Landon senior Joey Epstein scored four goals to lead the Bears to a 6-5 road victory over the Little Hoyas.

“I don’t care what the sport is,” said Landon head coach Rob Bordley, “whenever Landon plays Prep, it doesn’t matter what sport it is, it’s going to be a dogfight.”

That was evident as Landon rallied from a 1-0 deficit early to take a 3-2 lead into intermission.

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St. Albans boys storm back to defeat Landon in lacrosse, 7-4

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St. Albans’ William O’Brien goes for the goal but Landon goalie Mitchell Laughlin comes up with the save. St. Albans would make a comeback in the second half to win the game, 7-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSt. Albans’ William O’Brien goes for the goal but Landon goalie Mitchell Laughlin comes up with the save. St. Albans would make a comeback in the second half to win the game, 7-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  WASHINGTON D.C. — St. Albans lacrosse head coach Rory Hyland tossed the game ball to senior captain Carter Tate. Tate, upon receiving the ball, immediately decided to share it with defenseman Hugh Preas. The two Bulldogs clearly had a strong rapport with each other, the same rapport that they showed on the field. It was behind these two senior Bulldogs teammates that St. Albans took down the No. 21-ranked team in the nation, the Landon Bears.

After struggling in the first half, St. Albans caught fire right from the opening whistle of the second half, storming back from a two-goal deficit, and upsetting Landon 7-4.

Strong defense characterized the first half for Landon. After allowing St. Albans to score the opening goal, Bears goalie Mitchell Laughlin became a brick wall in front of the net. Laughlin recorded 10 saves in the first half, and provided Landon with momentum in the early stages of the game. Brett Gallagher, John Geppert and Garrett Kurtz each recorded goals in the first half as Landon went on a 3-0 run. Going into halftime, Landon led St. Albans 3-1.

“We were settling for outside shots,” Hyland said of St. Albans’ offense in the first half. “We thought if we held on to it a little more, we would get some one-on-zeroes.”

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Landon Bears defeat Bullis Bulldogs in boys lacrosse

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Landon’s John Geppert scores his third goal of the day while being hammered by Bullis defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKLandon’s John Geppert scores his third goal of the day while being hammered by Bullis defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — National powers and conference rivals Bullis Bulldogs and Landon Bears met on the gridiron for varsity boys lacrosse Friday at Bordley Stadium at Triplett Field but when the dust settled the Bears emerged with a 10-5 victory over the Bulldogs.

Landon, who earned their third consecutive win, jumped out to a 7-2 halftime lead and never looked back.

The Bears were led by Joey Epstein and John Geppert, who combined for eight goals. Epstein, an Under Armour All-American, finished with five goals and three assists while Geppert added three goals and an assist.

Zach Johnson and Graham Hertzberg also scored goals for Landon and Garrett Kurtz contributed an assist in the winning effort.

“This is a good win to give us confidence,” said Espstein, a Johns Hopkins recruit. “We really believe we should win this league or we can win this league.”

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Landon’ Axel Giron places fourth at nationals and earns All-American honors

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Wrestling clip artLandon junior Axel Giron won six of eight bouts, pinning twice, to earn All-American honors with his fourth-place finish at 113 pounds in the March 23-25 National High School Coaches’ Association tournament at The Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

“Coming into the tournament, I was just trying to see if I could do my best, and wasn’t sure I could make it that far,” said Giron of an event featuring freshman, sophomore, junior and senior divisions.

“So I’m actually really surprised, and overall, I think I had a pretty good tournament. It feels good to realize that I’ll be coming back to school knowing that I’m a high school All-American and it makes up for the tournaments that I didn’t do well in at Landon.”

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Landon baseball gets first win of the season over Sidwell Friends, 8-2

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The Landon dugout celebrates after Dane Camphausen (20) crosses home plate. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHThe Landon dugout celebrates after Dane Camphausen (20) crosses home plate.          PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Behind a dominant performance from pitcher Alexander DeNovio, the Landon Bears picked up their first win of the 2018 season over the Sidwell Friends Quakers by an 8-2 score.

Despite a delayed start on a very cold day, and even some snow, the Bears dominated the Quakers. In the second inning, Matthew Sicoli got the Bears started with a hard hit single to center field. Beginning with Landon’s Daraun Gray two batters later, five consecutive Bears reached base on balls, ultimately driving in three runs. These walks were followed by a three RBI double off the bat of John Cope down the third base line, increasing Landon’s lead to 6-0 in the second inning.

With a sizable lead intact, DeNovio settled in, and pitched a fantastic game. In fact, DeNovio tossed a no-hitter during his six innings pitched, and ultimately recorded the win. DeNovio had four strikeouts during his outing. Only three runners reached base during DeNovio’s six innings.

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Landon sophomore Lopez achieves milestone as Bears’ first-ever state champ

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Wrestling clip artLorenzo Lopez won a battle of 126-pound sophomores, 4-2 over Sam Smirnoff of Archbishop Spalding to become Landon's first state champion at the Feb. 16 and 17 Maryland Independent Schools Tournament at Harford Community College in Bel Air.

Lopez reached the finals on a pin, a technical fall, a 9-1 quarterfinal decision over Interstate Athletic Conference rival and champion Isaac Ruderman of Bullis, and a 5-3 semifinal victory over fifth place finisher Alex Figuieras of St. Mary’s Ryken, improving his overall record to 41-4 on the season.

The triumph was particularly rewarding for Lopez due to the sour ending to last season, when an illness prevented him from competing at the IAC and state tournaments.

“I felt great to win because I had high hopes last year of being a finalist in those tournaments, and not being able to wrestle was disappointing,” said Lopez, 16.

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Landon’s Gallagher dominates Melee on Metro, gears up for private school states

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Wrestling clip artLandon’s Brendon Gallagher (145) won all five bouts, including a 16-0 technical fall in his semifinal and a pin for his title, to earn Outstanding Wrestler honors at the Melee On The Metro Tournament at Wilson High in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

Gallagher decked Grady Hotz of St. Mary’s Ryken in 2:34 of his championship bout, being among the Bears’ (163 points) seven place-winners toward finishing third in the 20-team field behind champion St. Christopher’s of Virginia (326.5) and Germantown Academy of Pennsylvania (197).

Taking second was Lorenzo Lopez (126), with Axel Giron (120) being third, Luc Schermer (132), Matt Amitay (138) and Jonny Gherman (152) all fifth, and Terrance Bridgers (285), sixth.

“Getting OW was great, especially knowing how many good wrestlers were at the tournament,” said Gallagher, a senior returning private schools state runner-up and two-time Interstate Athletic Conference champion. “I wrestled well this weekend. I just wanted to try to score in every position and get to my offense. It was only my second time at 145, and I felt great.”

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Bullis boys victorious on Senior Night against Landon, 61-50

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Bullis’ Vado Morse drives for a reverse layup on his way to 19 points against Landon. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis’ Vado Morse drives for a reverse layup on his way to 19 points against Landon. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — The scene had all the trappings of a heated Interstate Athletic Conference rivalry.

Before an overflow crowd, Bullis senior point guard Vado Morse scored a game-high 19 points Friday to lead the Bulldogs to a 61-50 victory over Landon on Senior Night at Bullis Athletic Center.

“It was a good team win,” said Morse. “A good team performance.”

Morse said he wanted to impress the crowd and put on a show in front of the audience.

“I had a slow start at the beginning of the first half and I knew that I had to pick it up to get momentum for my team so I tried to do that the second half,” he said.

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Landon wins IACs, Damascus eyes another state duals crown

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Wrestling clip artLandon crowned Axel Giron (120), Lorenzo Lopez (126), Patrick Kielb (132), Jonny Gherman (152), Brendon Gallagher (160), Jelani Machen (170) and Carter Johnson (182), with Luc Schermer (138) and Terrance Bridgers (285) finishing second as the Bears won their first Interstate Athletic Conference tournament crown in the 23-year coaching history of Andy Katz.

Finishing third were Patrick Townsend (113) and Joel Desroches (220), and Nick Haller (195), fourth as the Bears placed 12 of 13 wrestlers within the top four of their weight classes for the program’s first outright title since 1994, adding the tournament to their regular-season dual meet championship earned with a school-record mark of 16-5 overall and 6-0 in the IAC.

The Bears (195.5 points) overcame runner-up St. Albans (127) to dethrone third place 13-time IAC champion Georgetown Prep (122), their dual meet victory total being the highest since the 15-win season of 2005 to 2006, the last time the Bears won a piece of the crown.

“For the first time this season, we were able to present our strongest line-up,” said Katz. “Everyone made weight and our injured wrestlers were cleared to go for the championship. It was an amazing day. This was a team effort across the board.”

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Lawrence three-peats at War On The Shore with trio of first-period pins, decision

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At the War On The Shore Tournament at Stephen Decatur High in Berlin in Worcester County on Jan. 12 and 13, Damascus’ state champion Ryan Lawrence (145) won his semifinal 3-1, over Virginia’s sixth-place state finisher Elijah Williams of Nansemond River High, then secured his third-straight crown by head-locking two-time Delaware state runner-up Kyle McDonough of Sanford High for a 64-second fall.

A two-time county and regional champion who managed a third-place finish at states as a sophomore, Lawrence (28-0) led the Swarmin’ Hornets (224.5 points) to a runner-up finish behind Baltimore area power Mount St. Joseph (269) on the strength of three falls in a combined 2 minutes, 52 seconds.

State champion Paul Purkey (195) and two-time third-place state finisher Johnny McLaughlin (126) were runners-up for the second straight season, and John Allan Furgeson (152) was third after being fourth a year ago among seven Swarmin’ Hornets finishing within the top four of their weight classes and 11 within the top eight.

The Swarmin’ Hornets’ Elijah Baisden (285) was third, Josh Creegan (138) and Ben Lokos (170), fourth, Timothy Furgeson (160), fifth, Aiden Bell (220), sixth, and Michael Emerick (106) and Dyllan Ramirez (132), seventh and eighth.

“Ryan did a fantastic job in the finals as he has each year in this tournament,” said coach John Furgeson, whose Swarmin’ Hornets (15-0) have won six straight state tournaments, five consecutive state dual meet titles, 15 county tournaments and 142 straight matches. “It was a tough tournament, that’s why we go there and how we’re going to get better. We learned a lot about our young kids and what we need to work on.”

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